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Contract Awarded to Connect CECO to County’s Cherry Hill Sewer System

Post Date:07/08/2019 9:15 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 8, 2019                     

ELKTON, MD. – Cecil County Government has awarded a $2.2M contract to Allan Myers, Inc. of Fallston, Maryland for the construction of a sewer pumping station and sanitary sewer main to connect the CECO sewer system to the County’s Cherry Hill sewer system.

CECO is a private utility which provided water and sewer service to the Manchester Park area of Cecil County. CECO previously sold its water system to Artesian Water Maryland, Inc. but has continued to provide sanitary sewer service to approximately 105 residential customers in the area. CECO treats the wastewater in a lagoon treatment system and discharges the treated effluent into an unnamed tributary of Little Elk Creek.

With such a small customer base, CECO concluded that it was not economically feasible to continue providing sanitary sewer service and petitioned the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) for approval to cease operations. The PSC denied the request. CECO and the County subsequently negotiated an agreement whereby the County would take over ownership and operation of the CECO sewer collection system once a connection is made to the County’s nearby Cherry Hill sewer system. Once the connection is made and the County officially takes ownership of the system, CECO’s sewer customers will become County sewer customers.

The sewer pumping station will be built adjacent to the CECO lagoons off Johnstown Road, with the sewer line running west along Johnstown Road and then north up Singerly Road (Route 213) where it will tie into the County’s existing sewer collection system in the vicinity of Academy Drive. The sewage will be treated at the County’s Cherry Hill Wastewater Treatment Plant which is located at the end of Beauchamp Road.

The project is being managed by Engineering & Construction Division of the Cecil County Department of Public Works. The project was designed by KCI Technologies, Inc. The consulting engineering firm of Whitman, Requardt and Associates, LLP will perform construction management and inspection on behalf of the County.

“The CECO lagoon wastewater treatment system is outdated and is not capable of treating wastewater to current standards,” said Scott Flanigan, County Director of Public Works. “Connecting the CECO system to the County’s Cherry Hill system is the obvious common sense solution.”

“The Cherry Hill Wastewater Treatment Plant has more than enough capacity available to accommodate the additional flows from CECO’s customers,” said County Executive Alan McCarthy. “The issue of what to do about CECO has been festering for years and I am delighted that we are moving forward with this project, as it will help protect public health and the environment, not only in the Manchester Park area but also throughout the Little Elk Creek watershed.”

The project is being funded by the Maryland Department of the Environment.

On-site construction work is expected to begin in August 2019 with completion in early 2020.

The disposition of the CECO treatment lagoons is still under discussion between the County and the Maryland Department of the Environment.

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Media Contact:
Jennifer Lyall
Public Information Officer
Cecil County Government
jlyall@ccgov.org
410-996-8454
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